Mónica Sousa
Board of Directors
Group Leader

Monica M Sousa graduated in Biochemistry and holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Porto. During her PhD she studied the biology of transthyretin, an aggregation-prone protein, and generated mouse models for familial amyloid polyneuropathy. As a postdoctoral fellow, Monica was a visiting scientist at the Department of Pathology, Columbia University- New York, where she studied neurodegeneration caused by amyloid fibrils. Currently she is a group leader at the IBMC. Her group is focused on the analysis of cytoskeleton organization and dynamics during axon growth and regeneration. Since 2010 she is a vice-director of the Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular- IBMC and since 2017 she serves the Scientific Council for Life and Health Sciences of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology- FCT.

Selected Publications
The Dyslexia-susceptibility Protein KIAA0319 Inhibits Axon Growth Through Smad2 Signaling. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991)27(3):1732-1747, 2017. [Journal: Article] [CI: 3]
DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhx023 SCOPUS: 85021858395

The Actin-Binding Protein a-Adducin Is Required for Maintaining Axon Diameter. Cell Reports15(3):490-498, 2016. [Journal: Article] [CI: 17] [IF: 8,3]
DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.03.047 SCOPUS: 84962762309

Neuronal deletion of GSK3ß increases microtubule speed in the growth cone and enhances axon regeneration via CRMP-2 and independently of MAP1B and CLASP2. BMC Biology12(1):, 2014. [Journal: Article] [CI: 27] [IF: 8]
DOI: 10.1186/1741-7007-12-47 SCOPUS: 84927941057

CNS axons globally increase axonal transport after peripheral conditioning. Journal of Neuroscience34(17):5965-5970, 2014. [Journal: Article] [CI: 29] [IF: 6,3]
DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4680-13.2014 SCOPUS: 84899493785

Peripheral nervous system plasmalogens regulate Schwann cell differentiation and myelination. Journal of Clinical Investigation124(6):2560-2570, 2014. [Journal: Article] [CI: 34] [IF: 13,2]
DOI: 10.1172/JCI72063 SCOPUS: 84902172153